August 2015 (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

Be Confident In What You Have

I remember whenever I was in junior high and I thought “When I get a little bit taller I will be able to dunk the basketball” I couldn’t wait until I grew just that little bit more that I could be big enough to dunk it. I thought when I can do that I would be set and nobody could stop me. Well I’ll have to say I was wrong. I should have spent more time practicing my shot.

In my life I have to fight that all the time. I am a planner and I always like to be looking ahead. But you have to be careful because you find yourself always looking for the next best thing. The next great horse, the next rodeo, the next good calf, the next year, the next rig, for some it might be the next season. If you’re always looking for the next best thing you might miss out on what you have right now. In psalms it says “For those that trust in the Lord they have all that they need.” You have to remember that God has given you everything that you need for the season that you’re in right now. If you don’t have it right now, you don’t need it right now. In second Samuel 12:8 it says “If you would have needed more, God would have given you more…”

When I was in my 20s, to my knowledge, I only had 1 picture autographed for me. It was from Shawn McMullen. He was signing autographs at the NFR and we got to talking and he was joking around and signed me an autograph. It was my first NFR and I hadn’t even won anything yet and he wrote on the picture “If it ain’t happenin’ now, it just ain’t happenin’ yet.” Little did I know that would be the only chance I ever got to get his autograph. Less than a year later we were in a car wreck together and he died. That picture is framed and hanging in my office still to this day and I look at it every day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that out loud “If it ain’t happening now, it just ain’t happenin’ yet”. I think it’s real important to use what God has given you to accomplish your mission for today. You have exactly what you need to fulfill your destiny. Don’t dismiss yourself or sell yourself short. You have the gifts, the talents, and the abilities to be able to get your job done whatever it might be today. So be confident in that. David just had 5 smooth stones. Sampson just had a jaw bone. Moses had a staff. Don’t underestimate what you have. You have all the right people, tools, and equipment to accomplish your mission. Now be confident enough to go reach your full potential today. If God breathes on what you have, you have more than enough.

God Bless and I’ll see ya down the line.